North Island Tracks Northbound Overview

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From secluded beaches to volcanic craters, NZ's North Island will delight

Explore the North Island of New Zealand's heartland from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau. Adventure activities abound - sea kayaking and snorkelling on our Bay of Islands adventure cruise; underground blackwater rafting is an option at Waitomo; bungee and jet boating are options at Taupo; and mountain biking and kayaking could be taken up in Nelson. This Northern NZ tour has the perfect combination of sights and activities.

  • Explore the Bay of Islands on an overnight cruise
  • Discover Waitomo's mysterious glow worms
  • See Rotorua's geysers
  • Visit the spectacular Huka Falls
  • Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Explore Te Papa Museum
  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 10
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Lodge (9 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Van
  • Included activities:

    Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre, Waitomo - Caves Entrance, Wellington - Te Papa Museum

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North Island Tracks Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Christchurch/Kaikoura

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand's 'Garden City' where the best way to explore is via the vintage tram circuit. Next, head up the coast to Kaikoura where animal lovers may spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.

Days 2-3 Nelson

Bushwalking tracks among these gorgeous inlets and coves are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson.

Days 4-5 Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South Island. Explore Wellington's buzzing cafe scene or ride a cable car to the Botanic Gardens, taking in spectacular views of the city and harbour.

Day 6 Mt Ruapehu

Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest. If feeling adventurous, activities like skiing and snowboarding are available during the winter months.

Day 7 Taupo/Rotorua

Visit the spectacular Huka falls and take the opportunity to bungy or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports. Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces.

Day 8 Waitomo

Discover Waitomo, which is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting - an unforgettable trip involving hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube.

Days 9-10 Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands on an overnight cruise that incorporates all the water activities, as well as plenty of time to soak up the stunning scenery and spot wildlife.

Day 11 Auckland

The final leg of the North Island Tracks tour lands travellers in Auckland - enjoy crossing the harbour bridge with a great view of the 'City of Sails'.
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